9 He said, “Go, Daniel, for these words are secret and sealed to the time of the end.
va-YO-mer LAYKH da-ni-YAYL kee s’-tu-MEEM va-kha-tu-MEEM ha-d’-va-REEM ad AYT KAYTZ
ט וַיֹּאמֶר לֵךְ דָּנִיֵּאל כִּי־סְתֻמִים וַחֲתֻמִים הַדְּבָרִים עַד־עֵת קֵץ׃
12:9 For these words are secret and sealed to the time of the end
Generations of commentators have offered interpretations of the various visions in Sefer Daniel. Many different opinions have been suggested with regard to the specific events foretold in these prophesies. These distinct opinions do not contradict each other, however, because Daniel’s visions are deliberately vague, and hence, they can be fulfilled in numerous ways. Only in retrospect will it be possible to match up the visions with their actualization. The way in which they will ultimately be fulfilled in practice will be determined based on the Jewish people’s actions, and their eagerness to return to the Land of Israel. Many possible dates for redemption have passed, but since the People of Israel were not ready, the final redemption has not yet come. At any point, however, they can improve their ways, fully embrace Eretz Yisrael, and return to their homeland, thus bringing about the redemption promised long ago in Sefer Daniel.